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Skull 3 by rawREN Skull 3 by rawREN
Drawn on a mat black paper, ~ 18" x 12", with white charcoal pencils, which broke a lot! grrr-argh!! and a black charcoal pencil for final touch detailing. With all of the white, light area drawing I had been doing in my figure drawing classes, this was easy and fun to do. Probably my favorite skull drawing from my skull object series. It's interesting that some people think skulls are scary, they look like they're smiling all the time to me!
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Icarus-Fish Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Hobbyist
Kind of seems like, were I to reach my hand out to the screen and touch this delightfully rendered skull, it would be made of glass, perhaps ice. You have quite the knack for rendering reality, sir.
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rawREN Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
thank-ye much!

one of my instructors would often say that good highlights depend on having correct half-tones around them... i'm still figuring that one out, when done well, that glossy look just happens...
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1footonthedawn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Can you explain that a little bit more? I can almost understand it, but not quite. I've never had a formal art class. Correct half-tones?
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rawREN Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Oh, another example, take a look at body builders: both tan and un-tanned, natural and oiled. You will see the distinctions quite clearly there. The main reason why body builders use darker skin (tans) and oil is so that the highlights leap off their cut physiques!
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rawREN Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
I think some people too often use contrasts which are too stark, too high contrast, they jump from dark to light and don't understand why the highlights don't look quite right. You can have high contrast highlights, but usually only on very shiny objects. So, when I am talking about the half-tones, I mean more subtle grays around the highlights. You'd see this mostly on a person's face and forehead, or a balloon, or some other non-glossy object... and yet, find a person with oily or wet skin, and you'll find the sharper contrasts. Does that make sense?
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CalgarisRex Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Artist
This is incredible. I totally love it.
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rawREN Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
Fine, you can have it! Thank you...
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CalgarisRex Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional Artist
Why are you disgusted? You shouldn't be! This is uber-good!
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rawREN Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
lol, you picked my favorite skull drawing... you can't really have it but thanks for the comments and praise! well, you can take a digital copy...
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